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Germany tries to get its brightest to come home

| Mar 10, 2005
Here's something we certainly don't covet. Germany's unemployment rate. 12.6 percent. Today Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he'll meet with his political opponents to work up ideas...Anything to spark the economy will do. But in a nation that's put so much emphasis on technological innovation, they'll have to do something about its brain power. They're losing it. One in seven German students with a doctorate goes to the U.S. to do research. And up to half of those are expected to stay in America. Kyle James reports from Berlin.
Posted In: Canada

Ipods, radio, podcasting, and music

| Mar 10, 2005
Oh to be in Austin tomorrow. Oh, any day will do, really, but especially tomorrow. It's the start of South by Southwest. The big film and music festival. But you don't have to be in Austin to hear a lot of the new music. This year, the folks at South by Southwest are providing a huge file to download. 750 songs. That's 2.6 gigabites. Download it! Nic Harcourt is music director at KCRW, host of the public radio program Sounds Eclectic -and he's on his way to the big festival.
Posted In: Science

Schools, sports, and alcohol

| Mar 10, 2005
Today, the first in a series of hearings on Capitol Hill involving sports and steroids. The hearings continue next week. You can bet the cameras will be rolling when several several big-name baseball players show up to testify. There's been a lot made of the connection between performance enhancing drugs and multimillion dollar sports contracts. But one member of Congress is trying to tackle a separate substance abuse problem. This one involving college sports. Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser has that story.

The cloning pets business

| Mar 10, 2005
This week, the United Nations urged governments around the world to ban all human cloning. That includes the cloning of human embryos for stem-cell research. But the UN didn't say anything about pets....In fact, the world's first commercial pet-cloning lab is opening soon in Wisconsin. The company says Mittens or Fido can be replicated for about the same cost of a high-end sports utility vehicle. But as Brian Bull reports, not everyone's purring over the facility.
Posted In: Science

Are all sports global?

| Mar 10, 2005
A wide variety of American sports events have been held in Mexico recently. The games may be different, but they're all playing for the same prize: a global audience. Host Lisa Napoli talks to Marketplace Business of Sports commentator David Carter about selling sports South of the Border... and beyond.
Posted In: Canada

Rich man, poor man

| Mar 10, 2005
It's easy to find dismal news about the economy in the paper these days. But if all the economic news you read is bad, chances are you're not reading the whole paper. Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell tells host Kai Ryssdal why you should check out the business section as well as the front page if you want the full story.
Posted In: Wall Street

Progressive consumption

| Mar 9, 2005
Earlier this week, we told you about the tax reform panel's tour of America. The President's group is trying to get ideas from the public. Yesterday, the tax panel's tour bus pulled into Tampa. Entrepreneurs lined up to complain. The message: you could stimulate the economy with a simpler tax code. Fed Chief Alan Greenspan seems to think a consumption tax is a good way to stimulate the economy. Marketplace commentator Robert Reich warns that one size does not fit all.

The new IRS - we're friendly!

| Mar 9, 2005
As we head into tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging people to file their taxes online - for free. It's all part of an effort by the agency to make itself more taxpayer-friendly. Host David Brown talks to former IRS Commissioner Charles Rosetti.

Marketplace letters

| Mar 9, 2005
Once again, host David Brown takes a trip into the Marketplace mailroom. And what a room it is ...

The trash mining movement

| Mar 9, 2005
With oil prices back up, President Bush's timing seems spot on. He was in Ohio today talking up alternatives. Biodiesel, hydrogen fuel, and so-called clean coal technology. No mention of methane. In Fredricksburg, Virginia, they're hoping to harness the methane coming up from a landfill. The idea would be to use it to generate electricity. As it stands, most folks consider landfills as little more than horrible blots on the American landscape. But not always. Just ask around Austin, Texas. From KUT, Michael May reports.
Posted In: Science

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